The Nebraska Library Commission will make up to $25,000 available in internship grants to accredited Nebraska public libraries through the 2016 Nebraska Library Internship Grant Program. Similar to internship grant funding provided from 2008 to 2014, this internship program works to introduce high school and college students to the varied and exciting work of Nebraska Libraries. The internships are intended to function as a recruitment tool in helping the student to view the library as a viable career opportunity while providing the public library with the finances (up to $1,000 per library or branch) to provide stipends to the student(s). In the past student interns have helps libraries expand programs, complete projects, improve websites, and expand social media use, while bringing in fresh ideas to the library. Grant applications will be accepted electronically between October 23 and December 17, 2015.
In this November 4, 2015 NCompass Live session, past participating libraries, as well as a former intern, will share their experiences with the 2014 internship program—including successes and lessons learned. This session will also introduce the upcoming 2016 grant opportunity for internships, offered by the Nebraska Library Commission in partnership with Nebraska’s Regional Library Systems and supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.
Presenters: JoAnn McManus, Internship Grant Program Manager and Mary Jo Ryan, Communications Coordinator both with the Nebraska Library Commission; Laurie Yocom, Wilson Public Library (Cozad); Rose Barcal, La Vista Public Library; Laura Alt, Shelby Community Library; and Amy Wenzl, Omaha Public Library (former grant intern at Sump Memorial Library, Papillion).